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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

UAE complains to UN about Qatar warplanes intercepting civilian aircraft

This week the country also filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organisation

Ismaeil Al Blooshi, the assistant director general of the GCAA's aviation safety affairs sector, right, and Muayyed Al Teneiji, Head of Airspace Department tell a press conference last month that two Qatari air force fighters forced a UAE-registered civilian aircraft to elevate from 32,000 to 35,000 feet to avoid a collision. Victor Besa / The National
Ismaeil Al Blooshi, the assistant director general of the GCAA's aviation safety affairs sector, right, and Muayyed Al Teneiji, Head of Airspace Department tell a press conference last month that two Qatari air force fighters forced a UAE-registered civilian aircraft to elevate from 32,000 to 35,000 feet to avoid a collision. Victor Besa / The National

The UAE has filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council regarding Qatar, saying the country put the safety and security of civilian airlines at risk after their jets intercepted civilian planes on two separate occasions

According to Al Arabiya, which said it had seen a copy of the letter, the complaint stipulated that on January 15 and March 26 this year Qatari fighter jets closely approached civilian planes, risking the lives of the passengers on board.

The UAE had earlier in the week filed an official complaint against Qatar with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

"These aggressive actions by Qatar against UAE civilian aircraft are considered as deliberate violations of international covenants and conventions governing civil aviation and are a threat to the safety of civil aviation,” said Saif Al Suwaidi, the director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority.

Last Monday, two Qatari fighter jets came within 214 vertical metres of a UAE-registered Airbus. The plane was on a scheduled flight to Europe when the warplanes approached it from the north and circled behind it. It took place over international waters, 18 nautical miles (33 kilometres) from the Qatari coast.

In a separate incident that day, Qatari aircraft approached a UAE-registered helicopter.

In January, the UAE lodged a similar complaint with the UN against Qatar after its jets intercepted two Emirati civilian aircraft while on routine flights to Bahrain.

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